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Old 12-27-2003, 12:45 PM   #11
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Will do. =] In the meantime, do you think a 55gallon is too large for my refugium project (it will be the sump for a 120gal display)? I think I need it's combination of length and height, because the skimmer is massive, and I'd like a decent 'fuge area. And, do ya think I should add some anti-bubble baffles near my return pump to keep microbubbles out of the display? And to end my barage of questions (for now ) about how much space do I want to leave between the baffles to stop microbubbles? I want to maximize space for the 'fuge area, and I may be adding a top-off to the last compartment of the setup, I'm not sure yet. Thanks!

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Old 12-27-2003, 02:32 PM   #12
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well, in theory, you can't have "too large" a sump ... the bigger the better - just remember to take into account your total system water capacity when dosing, adding meds and such.

if you have the room for a 55 gallon under your display tank, then more power to you!

for the spacing between baffles, it really depends on your GPH - you want to have enough room for the water to flow without being restricted... I would guestimate at least 1.5"

the microbubbles are caused more by a mal-adjusted skimmer and "waterfall" effect from a low water level - keeping your skimmer running at optimal configuration and keeping your water level high should go a long ways in reducing bubbles.

the baffles really serve to 'organize' the water into a more orderly flow, smoothing out the turbulence cause by the overflow drains.

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